December 6, 2023

Business travellers not prepared to take risks

Nearly half of employees would consider not travelling on business to destinations they deem 'risky', according to new research.

The survey of over 7,400 business travellers also revealed that 18% had been close to or involved in a risky situation – such as flooding, riots, terrorist attacks and earthquakes – in the last year.

Meanwhile, 85% of respondents would consent to their data being shared with third parties in order to create a robust duty of care strategy.

One in five travellers, however, believes their employer would be unable to provide any professional support in the case of a major incident.

Nevertheless, 64% of respondents said their company was taking its duty of care obligations seriously, and 63% said the information their employers supply was helpful or very helpful.

“Without duty of care technology in place, organisations may be sending their business travellers in blind while abroad as they lack the necessary visibility into where their employees will be and when,” says Emma Maslen, MD of UK Enterprise, SAP Concur, who commissioned the research.

“This research highlights the need for continued commitment to duty of care, and the knock-on effect it can have if businesses don’t have this in place.

“Businesses cannot rest on their laurels; they must continue to evolve and adapt in this increasingly-connected and changing world.”